Culinary Uses Of Oregano And Marjoram Herb
Both are used a lot for Mediterranean cooking, Pizzas, Soups, meat
and cheese. Add the chopped leaves to your dishes while cooking.
Origanum vulgare is the common Oregano with a spicy and
It is perennial and overwinters well if covered with a layer of leaves.
If you live in a very cold area you can bring it in and over winter it
in a cool
dark room. Oregano dies off for the winter so cut it back to ground
level in late autumn.
Oregano has lovely pink flowers during the summer and attracts lots of bees and butterflies with them.
Origanum majorana or Marjoram has a milder and sweeter flavour than Oregano. Marjoram is not cold tolerant or frost hardy and often treated as
an annual. If you grow it in a container try over-wintering it indoors in a cool but bright place.
How To Grow Oregano and Marjoram Herb
Both varieties like a dry, slightly alkaline soil with good drainage.
Plant them in full sun for the best flavour. Ideal for growing Oregano
are slopes, rockeries or on
top of walls.
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Growing Oregano And Marjoram In Pots
They both grow very well in containers. Try them in pots, window
boxes or hanging baskets. You can combine them with other Mediterranean
Sage, Thyme or Rosemary.
If you grow them inside choose a south facing window sill for best results. The same applies outside: they love the sun!
Let the plants dry off in between the watering. They don't like wet
soil and start rooting if you are not careful.
Add some organic plant
food to the
water once or twice a month during spring and summer.
Marjoram and Oregano can be grown from seed successfully but you
would only do this if you need a lot of plants. It is easier to buy a
couple of plants
in the beginning. If you have some mature plants you can propagate them
by splitting them in early spring.
Harvesting And Preserving Oregano
Harvest the leaves and tips from late spring until the autumn.
Cutting back parts of the plants during the summer will ensure that
young shoots with
nice foliage are being produced. You can also use the flowers for
Marjoram and Oregano can be preserved by freezing or drying. You can
also use them to flavour oil together with Rosemary, Sage and Thyme. Air
containers are best for storing the dried herbs.
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